Library Director, Union Public Library, Union
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 10:25 AM

Job Description: Library Director, Union Public Library, Township of Union, Union County, NJ
JOB TITLE: Library Director

Union Public Library (UPL), a Civil Service library in Union County, NJ, is seeking a library director. The library is currently situated in three locations and is beginning a major construction project. The current 30,000 square feet main library in the Township, located at 1980 Morris Avenue, is slated for demolition. A brand-new facility will be built on the same property and is scheduled for completion in two years. A small branch library of about 1,500 square feet located in Vauxhall, a community in the northern section of the Township, located at 123 Hilton Avenue will continue to provide service to the community. Temporary public-facing operations will be held at 1060 Stuyvesant Avenue and temporary administrative operations and remaining circulation will be held at 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ.

In addition to working closely with the Township to ensure successful completion of the construction project, the director is responsible for a variety of other tasks. These include, but are not limited to, being responsible for establishing, implementing, and communicating strategies to the staff in the direction, plans, and programs for the operation and growth of the library to suit the needs of the community. Working with the staff to implement the policies established by the Board of Trustees is also a vital part of the job. The ideal candidate will be an innovator who blends administrative skills with the ability to engage the community. Establishing, communicating, and executing a modern vision for the role that UPL plays in the community is essential. Applicants must possess excellent library management skills including a working knowledge of technological resources and advancements in the field, a knowledge of budgeting and long-range planning, and a background of successful cooperation with elected officials, boards, other community agencies, non-profit groups, and members of the community.

The ideal candidate is a team builder, who is inclusive and a good listener. This person should believe in cross-training for the staff, have a strengths-based approach to management, be flexible, and have a strong customer service ethos. Creating a workplace that makes people excited to come to work and share their ideas is key. Flexibility and the ability to pivot are vital considering the times, however, it is also critical that the director know what is negotiable and what is not. Having the ability to deal with multiple constituencies simultaneously while maintaining approachability, compassion, patience, and a good sense of humor are absolute musts for this position!

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages and directs the operations of a free public Library in three locations.
  • Oversees the new main library reconstruction project in collaboration with Township Administration, Township architects, and UPL Board of Trustees.
  • Works with the staff to provide library programs and that best serve the members of the community.
  • Integrates library programs and departments so that despite the multiple locations that staff is located in, so everyone feels part of one team that is continuously working to serve the community.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of the library's collection in collaboration with the staff to ensure that community members are comprehensively served
  • Establishes internal library policies and procedures that supports the vision and mission of Union Public Library and extends to reader needs, programming, and development.
  • Reports to and collaborates with Union Public Library Board of Trustees on evaluating library performance and effectiveness, adjusting and developing policies, and reviewing strategic and operational plans as needed.
  • Identifies and addresses financial, operational, staffing and facility challenges on an ongoing basis.
  • Explains programs to governing officials, library users, and special groups, and promotes services of the library by planning publicity programs and participating in a broad spectrum of group activities throughout Union.
  • Reviews programs and operations to identify and analyze challenges on a regular basis.
  • Oversees the development of mechanized systems for library operations.
  • Assists in the development and planning of the library budget and funding, and controls library expenditures.
  • Recruits and assigns new employees, supervises their work, and establishes work schedules.
  • Determines needed supplies and equipment, plans for efficient use of supplies, and recommends type, location, organization, and management of extension services or libraries at each branch.
  • Attends seminars and meetings of professional library groups and organizations and shares important information with the Board of Trustees, the UPL team, and the Township, as needed.
  • Prepares and oversees the preparation of clear, accurate and informative narrative and statistical reports.
  • Oversees the establishment and maintenance of essential records and files.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and computerized information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience, Certifications, & Licenses:
  • A Master's degree in Library or Information Science in a library program accredited by the American Library Association or from a New Jersey Master's program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State University.
  • At least five (5) years of library experience including work in the service, circulation, and reference areas, two (2) years of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
  • A valid license as a Professional Librarian issued by Thomas Edison State University, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:8A-3 and N.J.A.C 15:23-2.1.
  • A driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
Knowledge in:
  • Managing major multi-million-dollar capital projects.
  • Working in a Civil Service & Union work environment.
  • Theories, principles, and techniques of library and information science.
  • Library administration and management techniques.
  • Current library technology, trends, and innovations.
Able to:
  • Manage and administer a library program.
  • Analyze, comprehend, and utilize approved public library standards, methods, techniques, budgeting systems, and classification and pay plans.
  • Confer with staff, library administrators, board members, and other interested persons on problems of budgeting, standards, library techniques, and related problems.
  • Plan and carry out surveys and studies of existing public library services.
  • Analyze and comprehend the basic materials needs of the library, apply approved materials selection methods, and assist librarians in challenges of book selection, classification, cataloguing, and with other technical administrative questions.
  • Speak before community groups interested in or concerned with public library issues, speaking clearly, concisely, and informatively.
  • Coordinate library services programs to achieve maximum efficiency and proper utilization of available funds, personnel, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Act as consultant and advisor on public library questions, services, and techniques.
  • Take and maintain a firm stand when differences of opinion and interpretation arise and work harmoniously with subordinates, associates, and superior officers.
  • Oversee the preparation of clear, sound, accurate, and informative narrative and statistical and other reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Oversee the establishment and maintenance of essential records and files.
  • Learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

SALARY: Salary range starts at $130,000 and is commensurate depending on experience.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Please email your cover letter and resume to Strategic Operating Solutions ([email protected]).

UPL’S MISSION STATEMENT: The Library’s primary mission is to encourage reading and free access to information, and to provide for the educational, recreational and cultural needs of its users. The Library will offer the broadest range of materials and programming in a balanced way to meet the needs of the diverse community of Union. The library is committed to providing a varied and extensive collection of current fiction, non-fiction and audio-visual materials on a wide variety of subjects. It is also committed to using state-of-the art technology to improve access to global resources. In addition, the Library maintains a distinct collection of materials unique to the Township of Union and of special interest to Township residents and community organizations.

The Union Public Library recognizes its value and responsibility to the community as an educational, social, and cultural resource and also offers its meeting rooms to individuals, organizations and companies for meetings, workshops and other activities. We will strive to provide a welcoming place where the community can meet, research, and learn and a place where residents can realize their maximum potential.

ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP OF UNION: UPL is in the center of the Township of Union in Union County, New Jersey. It is traversed by a network of local and regional roads including the Garden State Parkway, Route 78, Route 22, and Morris Avenue (Route 82). It is near Newark Airport and has easy access to New York City. Union Township is a suburban/urban community in the Northeastern area of the state. While the Township was originally farmland, it has grown to be characterized as a suburban residential community densely built around shopping and business corridors. Close proximity to nearby urban cities like Newark and to New York make commuting and living an easy balance.

The Township of Union is a diverse community, with data from the 2020 Census as follows: White at 45.7%; Black or African American at 31.9%; Hispanic or Latino at 17.6%; Asian at 9.7%; and two or more races at 2.4%. It is comprised of a variety of ethnicities as well as a fairly even spread age population. For most demographic categories, it is extremely reflective of the state of New Jersey. The implications of this data provide the library with a broad patron profile and offer myriad possibilities for future programming and services.

Please email your cover letter and resume to Strategic Operating Solutions 
([email protected]). Applications will be accepted until 5pm on January 28, 2022.

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